Introducing Love Balls

7 01 2010

No you haven’t read that incorrectly, I really am blogging about Love Balls. However all is not what it might seem.  This is a topic that really is very close to my heart and has touched so many lives.

Sadly in Oct 2008 my father was diagnosed with advanced stage Prostate Cancer. This was a real shock to my family and I, as dad (who’s only 64) has always been healthy and lived a very wholesome life. With medicine the way it is we’re thrilled with how well he’s doing and responding to the hormone treatment he’s on. Modern medicine really is an amazing thing and we’ve received phenomenal support from our local NHS and doctors surgery.

Cutting a long story short, this has spurred me on to want to do three things:

  • Promote awareness and increase education of male cancer
  • Help raise funds to fund more research and find a cure
  • Lobby the powers that be to introduce screening for male cancer in the UK

And how could I do that? Certainly not alone that’s for sure, which is partly why I’m blogging about this.

Two ladies and fellow business associates Emma James of Tasty Marketing and Anne Orchard of Families Facing Cancer, whose lives have also been affected by C word, got to talking late summer 09 and came up with the idea of running an event to do exactly that.

Introducing Love Balls
With this in mind we’re running an event which I’d hope you can come along to or support in some way.

It’s on 19th February at Bournemouth Football Club from 7.30 – 11.30 and is in aid of Orchid Cancer – the Male Cancer Charity.   Tickets cost £22 or £190 for a table of 10 and are available to purchase now from me. You can also see more about the event on the Facebook page we’ve created here

Love Balls Facebook Page

We’re thrilled that the founder of Orchid, Colin Osbourne, himself a former sufferer of testicular cancer, is able to attend the event. He was appointed for an MBE in the last honours list for his services to charity and his attendance and support is brilliant!!

The evening itself will be an informal affair. Yes there will be lots of opportunity for you to network and we’d love you to dress to impress if you like, but equally formalwear is perfectly suitable too. On the night you can expect plenty of dancing and great food, plus the chance to contribute towards raising funds for such a good cause with an auction and raffle too.

How can you Contribute?
There are lots of ways you can contribute, even if you aren’t local to us in Bournemouth:

  • Buy a ticket/tickets – we’d welcome teams as well as individuals!
  • Help us achieve our goal of awareness/funds and screening by forwarding this email to your address book and any other way you can?
  • Post the attached poster up at your work/on your website etc
  • Donate a raffle/auction prize
  • Sponsor the event in some way – more details on this to follow
  • Donate ££ if you can’t attend or donate a raffle/auction prize

We’ll happily field more ideas if you can come up with anything we haven’t thought of?  One such idea has just come in and I’m delighted that Bill Boorman has confirmed that the Recruitment Unconference will be supporting this event.  They’ll be helping to raise funds too at a silent auction held at their Curry Tweet Up on 18th Feb .  Thanks Bill!

Why “Love Balls”?
Yes we know the name is a little risqué and we certainly don’t mean to offend, however it struck us that part of the problem with men getting diagnosed is the embarrassment factor. So many men hide when they see problems down below. As our event is held close to Valentines day and we’re holding it at AFC Bournemouth Football Club, we kind of figured the name was a must!

Did you know?
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK. It affects 35,000 people and families every year in the UK and there are 10,000 deaths each year – that’s one man every hour. But Male cancer is not simply confined to the more mature man as is commonly believed, Testicular cancer is the most common cancer for men aged 15-45; and each year around 2,000 young men are diagnosed and face the emotional and physical trauma of fighting this disease.

For more information please get in touch with Michelle at Creative Leadership or email rsvp@tastymarketing.co.uk

Thanks for taking the time to read this.  The more we all do, the better this will be and the more likely it will be to help others.

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7 01 2010
Introducing Love Balls « Talent Management Matters | Testicular Cancer

[…] Introducing Love Balls « Talent Management Matters Posted by in Uncategorized on 01 7th, 2010 | no responses We’re thrilled that the founder of Orchid, Colin Osbourne, himself a former sufferer of testicular cancer , is able to attend the event. He was appointed for an MBE in the last honours list for his services to charity and his attendance … Original post:  Introducing Love Balls « Talent Management Matters […]

11 01 2010
John Cornish

Hi Michelle,

Glad to see that you are crusading on behalf of us men who still remain reluctant to get themselves checked out for cancer at the earliest possible age.
Doing so is a “win/win”.

If you ask your GP for a PSA blood test and you’re “clear”, then you have “peace of mind”. if the results indicate otherwise, then hopefully the disease has been identified in its early stages whilst there is still time for “curative” treatment, rather that the alternative which is a “containing” treatment. Either way you will “win”.

Every man over the age of 45 owes it to himself , his family and the ones he loves to plan for a five minute visit to his GP to discuss this issue – by doing so he may be taking the first steps towards a much longer and more enjoyable life with those who matter to him the most.
John

11 01 2010
Love Balls, Curry and Tweet Ups… « Talent Management Matters

[…] If you want to read more about why I’m helping organise Love Balls and supporting Orchid then see my previous post here […]

19 01 2010
Look after the Love Balls « Life in the Cancer Fallout Zone

[…] told her story as to why we’re running the event so well that it’s best if you read it in her own words. As she describes, there are many ways to get involved. The key ones at this time […]

26 11 2012
Love Balls, Curry and Tweet Ups… | Creative Leadership

[…] If you want to read more about why I’m helping organise Love Balls and supporting Orchid then see my previous post here […]

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